MINERAL WELLS - More than 200 West Virginia students will compete at the West Virginia Envirothon on April 19 at the Wood County 4-H Camp.
Teams will compete for a $5,000 college scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the international North American Envirothon in Bozeman, Mont.
The West Virginia Envirothon is a competition for students in grades 9 through 12 in which they face hands-on challenges testing their natural resource knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities. Each test is conducted outdoors, allowing the students a chance to work and learn in a real-world setting, guided by environmental professionals.
Along with aquatics, forestry, soil and wildlife, the teams are addressing the challenging current environmental topic, sustainable grassland management in their oral presentation. To provide the opportunity to learn from and to interact with science professionals, a teaching day is offered to participating teams and advisers on the day before the competition.
"This is the 17th year that we are offering this wonderful educational program," said Tim Butler, chairman of the West Virginia Envirothon Committee. "The West Virginia Envirothon encourages young people to understand their place in the environment and to get a college education."
The first-place team earns a $5,000 scholarship to be shared equally among members and a chance to represent West Virginia at the international North American Envirothon.
The second-place team shares $3,750, third-place shares $2,500, fourth-place splits $1,750 and fifth-place shares $1,250.